Bush fires, NGA motions, Closing the Gap, plastics summit | ALGA News 17 January 2020

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President's column

The worst of the bush fires across the country may be over, at least in the short term, but the recovery and reconstruction is just getting started. Ordinary people from Australia and around the world have donated tens of millions of dollars, there’s an initial $2 billion from the Australian Government, and defence force personnel+

Governments, councils, industry supporting bushfire communities

Support including money, people with skills and resources, information and equipment continues to be expanded into bushfire affected communities across the country. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 15 January announced funding for additional mental health support and for “community recovery hubs” which provide much needed well being recovery services and programs including mobile hubs to+

NGA motions closing soon

Time’s running out for councils to draft motions and submit them for the 2020 National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra. The deadline is 11:59pm AEST Friday 27 March, meaning many councils may have only two monthly meetings in which to discuss and debate any motion. Held each June, the National General Assembly of+

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Share decision making needed to Close the Gap: survey

A comprehensive assessment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ views on a new national agreement for Closing the Gap has found overwhelming support for formal partnerships between indigenous communities and governments. This was one of four reform priorities highlighted in a community engagement report produced by the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander+

National plastics summit in March

The Commonwealth will host Australia’s first national plastics summit this March to explore new ways of remanufacturing the ubiquitous product and boost understanding about recycling strategies. Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, said around 200 people will be invited to Canberra, including representatives from local government associations, State Governments, researchers, children and retailers. “Consumer and community education+